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Healthcare access for refugees in Greece: Challenges and opportunities

Gunst, M; Jarman, K; Yarwood, V; Rokadiya, S; Capsaskis, L; Orcutt, M; Abbara, A; (2019) Healthcare access for refugees in Greece: Challenges and opportunities. Health Policy , 123 (9) pp. 818-824. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.06.003. Green open access

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Abstract

The arrival of more than one million refugees and migrants in Europe in 2015, most of whom transited through Greece, has placed significant strains on local health systems and demonstrated the need for preparedness to meet the immediate and longer-term health needs of arrivals in EU countries. Population movements will continue to occur and the need for cost effective, appropriate provision of both primary and secondary health services to meet these needs is key. The Global Compact on Migration was ratified in 2018 and forms an overarching, international agreement to address safe, orderly and regular migration which benefits refugees and migrants as well as host communities; however, it did not give due emphasis to health. In this manuscript, we explore the evolution of the health response for refugees in Greece over the last three years, the challenges faced at different times of the response and the efforts to integrate refugees into Greece’s health system.

Type: Article
Title: Healthcare access for refugees in Greece: Challenges and opportunities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.06.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.06.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076168
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